Pastor’s Weekly Letter

August 31, 2018

Letter From the Pastor – September 2, 2018

“In the cities the wounded and dying cry out, but God ignores their prayers.”  This cry of Job must be one of the most poignant statements in the Scriptures.  Although the scholars keep telling us this is an anguished cry for help from a man in intense pain, it sounds more like a cry of despair.  After all, this is the Job who also cried: “I give up, I am tired of living.  Leave me alone.  My life makes no sense.”  But the scholars must be right:  knowing Job, basically a man of faith, his outburst must have been a […]
August 24, 2018

Letter From the Pastor – August 26, 2018

August 15, 2018 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Dear Member of the Family of the Archdiocese, Yesterday’s report of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury that investigated cases of the sexual abuse of minors committed by priests and deacons once again brought forward the pain and suffering of those who experienced that abuse, and the shameful way that those in positions of authority, including bishops, responded – or failed to respond – when informed of the abuse, and in many cases permitted it to continue and new victims to be harmed. I am sure that everyone, particularly victim-survivors […]
August 17, 2018

Letter From the Pastor – August 19, 2018

          For many centuries, people believed that the earth was the center of the universe and that the sun revolved around it. Then here came along a Polish astronomer named Copernicus, who held on to a different theory. He believed that the sun was the center of our solar system, and that the earth and all other planets within the system were revolving around the sun. Almost no one agreed with him. His theory was so unpopular and revolutionary that he was afraid to release it. But shortly before his death in the sixteenth century, he published a book. Very soon his […]
August 10, 2018

Letter From the Pastor – August 12, 2018

     What is God doing? God is restoring us to a normal Christian life. God is tired of seeing His people so beat up, so lonely, so scattered with nobody to take care of them, so confused.  We have this idea that human beings left to themselves are just neutral, nice guys. But that’s not true. Anyone not open to God is turned in on himself and the prey of all kinds of evil forces, his own and those of evil spirits. There is no such thing as a neutral person. The luxury of thinking so is one of the last illusions from […]
August 3, 2018

Letter From the Pastor – August 5, 2018

How do we – priests, religious, lay persons – become involved in efforts to build a human society which respects the dignity and promotes the welfare of all?  Obviously, as    believers we must call attention to the moral and religious dimensions of all issues.  We must point out the demands of our Christian Faith for a just transformation of society.  We must keep the gospel values alive and well in a world that needs them desperately. How many of us take a stand on the side of gospel values when issues arise in public education, housing, homelessness, sexuality and health […]